Academic Vice President, IT College

Salt Lake City, Utah
Salary will be competitive and based upon the value-add the selected candidate will deliver.
Sep 05, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

Western Governors University’s (WGU) IT College currently has over 12,000 actively enrolled students in over 12 degree programs at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels. WGU’s IT College continues to add new degree programs and is expected achieve a sustained rate of 20% increased enrollment year over year.

The Academic Vice President (AVP) of the IT College is responsible for developing the college’s vision and portfolio strategy in alignment to and in support of WGU goals. The AVP provides leadership, direction, and focus on continuous improvement to inspire innovative programs that achieve student outcomes and meet workforce needs. The AVP is the chief public voice for the college for both internal and external audiences. The AVP creates and promotes partnerships and brand awareness for both WGU and the college and is a key participant in external relations. The AVP ensures standards and processes are applied to meet industry requirements. The AVP will effectively influence change in a highly matrixed organization while working with leadership and functional managers to ensure business strategy and initiatives are delivered on time and within budget.

Job Responsibilities

  • Creates and executes college vision and strategy and sets targets on key performance indicators and goals
  • Provides clear and effective leadership to the college and cross-functional partners to achieve strategic goals
  • Leverages employer partnerships and industry data to identify current and future workforce needs
  • Works with the IT College Council to determine potential new degrees and to ensure existing degrees maintain the highest quality and relevancy
  • Oversees and ensures program reviews and other processes that are important for the continuous improvement of the college’s activities
  • Works closely with compliance and accreditation department to ensure compliance with national and state accreditation
  • Partners with internal and cross-functional teams to achieve key performance indicators at the college and program levels for student outcomes and enrollment growth
  • Develops and grows partnerships at the national, state, and local levels
  • Builds and maintains partnerships with key professional and industry organizations
  • Represents the college on education matters at the university, state, and national levels
  • Promotes the college and WGU through external engagement and thought leadership, including speeches, articles, interviews, and events
  • Achieves and maintains industry awards and recognition for quality
  • Manages the college’s budget and fiscal responsibilities

Required Skills


  • Ability to organize and coordinate college activities and results across cross-functional teams
  • Ability to coach and develop direct reports
  • Ability to collaborate with and manage teams, including those in a remote environment, while demonstrating excellence, integrity, and respect
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly matrixed organization
  • Ability to build relationships and influence at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Ability to be an agent of change in a rapidly changing environment
  • Proven ability to analyze data to identify trends and drive innovation
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Required Experience

  • PhD in education, IT, engineering, computer science or related field
  • 5 years of experience in curriculum development in IT programs areas
  • 5 years of industry experience in IT or related field
  • 5 years of experience working across levels and departments of a complex organization